In the ever-changing and always-expanding world of phone applications, it’s hard to find exactly what you need. We searched for the best sexual health apps and are here to tell you why they will change your life.
The University of Oregon Health Center developed a shame-free sex education smartphone app called SexPositive. The app provides judgement-free information about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), safer sex practices, communication tips and healthy advice are available on your smartphone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
“When we launched the SexPositive app, we felt it was vital to provide students information not only about sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices, but also to highlight effective communication and partner consent. Beneath our innovative and engaging user interface, we’ve included a section of ways for users to increase communication about sex. It’s not enough to tell people not to rape. We made an effort to model what we expect users to do.
First, we want folks to examine their motivations for having sex and consider whether they’re ready for sex. Second, for users who are ready for sex, we want them to understand that a “yes” to one sexual act is not a “yes” to every sexual act. Third, we want users to consider a variety of personal boundaries before finding themselves in a high-pressure situation. Finally, we want to model the many ways to express and obtain explicit consent.
Members of the UO Counseling and Testing Center (UCTC) wrote and starred in a YouTube video in which they ask basic questions about a viewer’s readiness for sex. UCTC staff provide contact information for those who want to talk things over with a professional.”
Who it’s for: Anyone looking for a reliable source for sex education.
My Sex Doctor
My Sex Doctor aims to be a “main reference point for teenagers and young adults seeking information about puberty, relationships, and sex” and are currently based in London.
Who it’s for: Though their target market is the younger generation, it is for anyone seeking sex-related knowledge.
Brianna Rader started a website called Hookup, which turned into an app called Juicebox. Juicebox is a sex education resource with two components: snoop and spill.
Snoop allows Juicebox users to submit questions that get funneled into a queue presented to sex educators and other professionals in the world of all things human sexuality, all are American Society of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists-accredited sex educators or PhD students in human sexuality who are close to finishing their dissertations. These professionals review questions and provide informative answers and resources based on their training and experience. They are then published for all members of the community to read.
"Spill" allows users to share their own stories about sexuality and gender.
"We have a very strict moderating process," she explains (link to:http://www.xojane.com/sex/juicebox-sexual-health-app). "We tried to design the app so it’s a safe space, with a safe tone."
Who it’s for: Anyone interested in having quick access to sex education as well as sharing their own experiences.
Period Tracker: Menstrual Calendar, Sex Tips Eve by Glow is a period tracker, sex tracker and resourceful community for women. The app predicts your next period, chances of pregnancy, tracks your moods and symptoms to discover trends in your cycles. You’re able to take daily sex quizzes if that’s also your thing.
Who it’s for: women who want to organize their period cycles and keep track of their sexual history
Clue offers a way for women to track their cycles through simple aesthetics and clear functionality. The app learns your patterns and offers forecasts.
Who it’s for: women who want to track their menstrual cycle
Have we missed any? Tell us your favorite mobile sex health applications.